Europe win Ryder Cup after beating Americans as Thomas Bjorn’s team overcome final-day scare with comfortable win

EUROPE have won the Ryder Cup 17½ to 10½ after fighting off a late American charge as Phil Mickelson conceded the trophy for USA.

Fans chanted star man Francesco Molinari's name and threw their drinks all over each other, while Ian 'Postman Putt' Poulter dressed up as a Royal Mail postbox and Tommy Fleetwood was carried around on the shoulders of supporters.

 Europe celebrate with the Ryder Cup after beating USA

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Europe celebrate with the Ryder Cup after beating USA
 Europe captain Thomas Bjorn grins from ear to ear after clinching Ryder Cup victory

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Europe captain Thomas Bjorn grins from ear to ear after clinching Ryder Cup victory
 Tommy Fleetwood got carried away with his celebrations despite being thumped in his singles match after Europe's win

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Tommy Fleetwood got carried away with his celebrations despite being thumped in his singles match after Europe's win
 Ian Poulter dressed up as a postbox after his singles match win over Dustin Johnson

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Ian Poulter dressed up as a postbox after his singles match win over Dustin Johnson
 Fleetwood could not contain his joy after being on a winning European team for the first time

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Fleetwood could not contain his joy after being on a winning European team for the first time

Thomas Bjorn's side took a 10-6 lead into the singles but saw three of the first five matches go to Jim Furyk's Team USA.

But the hosts were superb in response, coming home 7½ to 4½ in the final session, with Alex Noren putting the icing on the cake with a monster putt, while his team-mates were sipping Champagne.

Spaniard Jon Rahm was reduced to tears after beating Tiger Woods, who was again lacklustre on the outskirts of Paris and continued his staggeringly bad run in the competition.

Rory McIlroy, sent out first by Bjorn with the task of leading the European march, suffered a devastating final hole meltdown in his defeat to Justin Thomas.

European Ryder Cup heroes have a champagne fight and mess about on golf buggies after win

 Tiger Woods left the course without picking up a single point yet again just weeks after his first tournament victory for years

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Tiger Woods left the course without picking up a single point yet again just weeks after his first tournament victory for years
 Tommy Fleetwood couldn't contain his excitement after the win

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Tommy Fleetwood couldn't contain his excitement after the win
 Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods on the final day to help secure victory

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Jon Rahm beat Tiger Woods on the final day to help secure victory

And hero Fleetwood was hammered 6&4 by towering American Tony Finau.

But Spain's Jon Rahm put Europe within touching distance by birdieing the 17th to down a dismal Tiger Woods.

The American — who completed golf's greatest ever comeback just seven days before — left Paris without a point.

Since the Ryder Cup changed from Britain and Ireland to Europe vs USA in 1979, we have now won 12 to the Americans' eight.

 Henrik Stenson celebrated with his family after regaining the Ryder Cup

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Henrik Stenson celebrated with his family after regaining the Ryder Cup
 Thorbjorn Olsen beat Jordan Spieth to edge Europe closer to victory

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Thorbjorn Olsen beat Jordan Spieth to edge Europe closer to victory

'Postman' Ian Poulter kicks off Ryder Cup celebrations in post box costume

 Ian Poulter helped Europe regain the Ryder Cup trophy today

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Ian Poulter helped Europe regain the Ryder Cup trophy today
 Tony Finau ripped Tommy Fleetwood to shreds, but it was Europe's weekend

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Tony Finau ripped Tommy Fleetwood to shreds, but it was Europe's weekend
 Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman trudged away from the course after defeat

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Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman trudged away from the course after defeat
 Europe overcame a mini-slump on the final day to surge to a big win

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Europe overcame a mini-slump on the final day to surge to a big win
 Rory McIlroy lost but it there was no famous USA comeback to be had

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Rory McIlroy lost but it there was no famous USA comeback to be had
 Europe were the ones celebrating come the close of play on Sunday

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Europe were the ones celebrating come the close of play on Sunday

Europe's triumph sees them reclaim the trophy lost two years ago in Hazeltine – and means the Americans have not won in Europe for 25 years.

Hero Rahm, who was so overcome with emotion he started crying on the 17th green, was not even born then.

Earlier in the day, Justin Rose lost 3&2 to Webb Simpson and Bjorn must have been feeling a bit twitchy.

But Bjorn’s fellow Great Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, who featured just once before the singles, thrashed Jordan Spieth 5&4.

 It wasn't to be for the USA despite a final day fightback in France

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It wasn't to be for the USA despite a final day fightback in France
 Europe fans were left celebrating in France after a famous victory

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Europe fans were left celebrating in France after a famous victory
 Phil Mickelson pulled his tee shot into the water on the 16th to hand Europe the win

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Phil Mickelson pulled his tee shot into the water on the 16th to hand Europe the win

Mr Ryder Cup Ian Poulter had a chance to put Europe one point away from the magical 14.5 points needed to win the cup.

But he missed a six foot putt for birdie on 17 against Dustin Johnson to take his game down the last.

The Postman delivered when it mattered most, however, nailing his iron shot to ten foot on the last to win the match one up and make it 13.5 – 9.5

Open champion Francesco Molinari made par on 15 – guaranteeing two halves from Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.

 Sergio Garcia was pumped up on the final day of play in France

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Sergio Garcia was pumped up on the final day of play in France

That assured Europe of the 14.5 they needed.

Mickelson then pulled his tee shot on the par-three 16th into the water, conceding to hero Molinari who won 4&2.

Speaking after the win, Bjorn said: “I had faith in the team. I knew they would deliver but they delivered more than they should have.

“Our team wanted it so much this week and that’s why they did what they did.”

Asked how good the party was going to be, a beaming Bjorn replied: “Very!”

 Europe celebrated wildly after the famous win at Le Golf National

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Europe celebrated wildly after the famous win at Le Golf National
 Ian Poulter danced the evening away after helping Europe to victory

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Ian Poulter danced the evening away after helping Europe to victory

Molinari added: “This means more than Majors, more than anything. It’s been an incredible week. The team spirit has been the best I have been a part of."

Stenson went on to hammer Bubba Watson 5&4 and Garcia's eventual 2&1 win over Rickie Fowler took it to 16.5 – 9.5.

Fleetwood was carried on the shoulders of fans like a rock star, Stenson was soaked in champagne by wife Emma and Garcia got a huge kiss from wife Angela.

And there was particular reason to celebrate for controversial wildcard pick Garcia.

He overtook Sir Nick Faldo as Europe's all-time leading points scorer on 25.5 points after seeing off Fowler.

EUROPE have won the Ryder Cup 17½ to 10½ after fighting off a late American charge as Phil Mickelson conceded the trophy for USA.